Famed Stylist Vidal Sassoon Died
Famed British hairstylist, Vidal Sassoon has died of natural causes at age 84 in his Bel-Air home according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009 but kept the news private.
Born in England, Sassoon grew up in London’s Cockney East End in an orphanage and dropped out of school at 14 to work as a shampoo boy in a small salon. After volunteering to fight for Israel in the Negev Desert in 1948, he returned to London to open his first salon, saying “If I had to be in hair, I was going to do it my way.”
A documentary released in 2011 followed his career, from his rise in the London of the 1960s, inventing the famed “wedge” haircut and bringing architecture to hair for the first time. He had a close friendship with fashion designer Mary Quant, and they often worked in tandem. Later on, he became one of the first hairdressers with his name on a major product line, soon to be followed by a successful chain of Vidal Sassoon salons all over the world.
Married four times, Sassoon had four children with his second wife, Beverly, and is survived by fourth wife Rhonda.
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